After Bush Elementary School in Salem, OR ran out of funding to run their after school programs, my predecessors along with us decided to get funding to create an after school program and other volunteer opportunities for Willamette University students. We first established that we wanted to help the school, then we sought funding through grant request and other means. The grants and money that we received supports an after school program dedicated to improving math and reading, another after school program that focuses on science, and the position of volunteer coordinator that places volunteers that wish to help the school.
The after school programs targets kids in the bottom 40% of their class and attempts to bridge their learning gap. The impact we have made is seen through the improvement or skills in math, reading, and science, as well as an improvement in the quality of life for the children. Because we are able to get many Willamette University students involved in volunteering with the children, the children get more personalized attention and therefore can get help with their individual needs.